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September 20, 2017

8/16/2017 9:35:00 AM
The Apple scam

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

Let's face it. Apple users tend to be a little complacent and smug about security. "I can't get a virus," and "I can't be scammed," are two phrases I hear frequently. Wrong and wrong.
While I'm a PC user, I also use both an iPhone and iPad and I love them. Yet even skeptical, cautious Rick just about got caught up in a scam.
On Sunday morning I received an email from "Apple Support." It read:
Apple ID Locked Confirmation
Dear Costumer,
We just wanted to confirm that you've changed your password. Unfortunately, our system detected that your account has been logged from unknown device.
Date and Time: August 10, 2017, 20:11 p.m. GMT
Please take action on your account soon. It's important that you let us know because it helps us prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the Apple network and your account.
Apple Support.
When I clicked on the link it took me to a very official looking "Apple" site. I was just about to log in when something in my head screamed, "Look out, Rick!"
I had just about broken my cardinal rule of not reacting to an email. Instead, I used my other browser to go independently to the real Apple site. It looked almost identical to the bogus site with one major exception. The web address was different.
Remember, don't click on an email link asking for account information. Ever. Even if you are an Apple user, or Android user, or Microsoft user, a scam is a scam is a scam.

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